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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 13, 2013 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

BLACK FOREST — The evacuation zone for the Black Forest fire was expanded early this morning because of "dynamic changing conditions," the sheriff's office said. The Black Forest fire burning north of Colorado Springs has now consumed 15,000 acres, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a news conference early today.

Overnight, sheriff's deputies went door-to-door in the expanded evacuation area.

The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of this morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.

The Black Forest fire has destroyed at least 360 homes. No wildfire in Colorado history has destroyed more homes. The previous record was set in the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs in 2012. It destroyed 347 homes.

Weather forecast there today is mid-90s, windy, red-flag conditions, 20% chance t-storms.